Nutritional Recommendations

The following grid provides information on what I consider to be "better quality" commercial pet foods.  Please note that the foods are listed in no particular order and that the list is not exhaustive as the number of more highly nutritious foods grows constantly.  As you can see, the foods come in the form of either dry (i.e. kibble), canned, fresh frozen raw, and/or freeze dried.  You will also note that with some of the foods, there grain and grain free varieties available.

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Name

Grains

Grain Free

Dry

Canned

Raw

Freeze Dried

Taste of the Wild

 

X

X

X

 

 

Evo

 

X

X

X

 

 

Instinct
(Nature's Variety)

 

X

X

X

 

 

Core (Wellness)

 

X

X

X

 

 

Merrick

X

X

X

X

 

 

Ziwi Peak

 

X

 

 

 

 

Fromm

X

X

X

X

 

 

Timberwolf Organics

X

X

X

X

 

 

Wellness

X

X

X

X

 

 

Go! Natural

X

X

X

X

 

 

Natural Balance

X

X

X

X

 

 

Orijen

X

X

X

X

 

 

Evanger's

X

X

X

X

 

 

Canidae/ Felidae

X

X

X

X

 

 

Blue Buffalo

X

X

X

X

 

 

California Natural

X

X

X

X

 

 

Prairie
(Nature's Variety)

X

 

X

X

 

 

Premium Edge

X

 

X

X

 

 

Bravo

 

 

 

 

X

X

Oma's Pride

 

 

 

 

X

X

Primal

 

 

 

 

X

 

Honest Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

X

Nature's Variety

 

 

 

 

X

X

It is important to note that prices for these foods range from approximately $1.50 - $3.00/pound. While this may seem expensive, your pet will be eating less and processing food better. Healthier pets = less visits to the vet!

For more information on feeding your pet a raw diet, please visit the following web sites:

www.naturesvariety.com

www.rawmeatybones.com

www.catinfo.org

www.dogtorj.net

www.skylarzack.com/rawfeeding.htm

www.natural-akita.com/NaturalCanine/NCindex.html

Local area stores that carry some or all of these foods include: Westwood Feed, Westwood Pets, Pet Goods, Mike's Feed Farm, and Pet Nutrition Center.

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